Research Profile

Ms Melanie
Crofts

Associate Lecturer (Law)

Faculty of Business and Law

  • Melanie is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Northampton lecturing since 2001. Programme Leader for the three year LLB and Joint Honours Law for seven years. She was awarded her doctorate in 2014 which focused on the implementation of the Public Sector Equality Duties within higher education, with a particular emphasis on race and disability. The research also considered a number of broad policy implications in relation to the implementation of equality legislation in higher education. Melanie has taken an active role in furthering the equality agenda and influencing strategy within higher education locally and nationally.

    Melanie was formerly Equality and Diversity Representative on the University and College Union Branch Executive Committee. Melanie is the Director and Chair of the Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council and is a member of the Northamptonshire Football Association Inclusion Advisory Group and NFA Local Football Anti-discrimination Panel. She is a member of the Athena SWAN panel, judging applications for the Equality Challenge Unit and took part in a symposium on Gendered Experiences of Research at the University of Chester. Melanie has also been invited to be a member of the ECU Athena SWAN working group influencing national equality policy.

    Melanie has recently established the Approaches to Inequalities Research Group at the University of Northampton and organises an annual equality conference.

    Membership of academic committees/groups:

    • University of Northampton Faculty Research and Enterprise Committee 2017- to date
    • University of Northampton Social Sciences Research Degrees Board 2017 – to date
    • University of Northampton Faculty Ethics Committee 2017 – to date
    • University of Northampton Inclusive Student Experience Group 2015 – 2017
    • University of Northampton Senate Representative 2013 – 2016
    • University of Northampton Academic Standards and Quality Committee 2013 – 2016
    • University and Colleges Union Equality and Diversity Representative, Northampton Branch 2003 – 2016
    • University of Northampton Equality and Diversity Action Group (Later Equality and Diversity Forum) 2003 – 2016
    • University of Northampton Policy and Procedure Review Committee 2005 – 2010
  • Melanie is the Module leader on the following modules:

    • Module Leader for Immigration Nationality and Asylum Law (Law1011)
    • Module Leader for Criminal Law (Law1008)
    • Module Leader for Discrimination Law (Law2018)
    • Module Leader for Diversity, Migration and the Law (LawM035)
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    Melanie’s research interests are in the following areas: 

    • Equality and Diversity
    • Discrimination Law
    • Public Sector Equality Duties 
    • Consent and Sexual Violence on Campus
    • Equality and Diversity in Higher Education
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    • Crofts, M. (2009) Age discrimination. Workshop presented to: In Service Training (INSET) Day – Equality and Diversity, Northampton College, 17 November 2009. (Unpublished)
    • Crofts, M. and Sneddon, S. (2009) Equality in legal assessment: a scoping study. Web Journal of Current Legal Issues. [2009](3) 1360-1326.
    • Sneddon, S. and Crofts, M. (2009) Equality in legal assessments. Invited Presentation presented to: Showcasing Equality & Diversity/Widening Participation Research, University of Northampton, Northampton, England, 7 July 2009. (Unpublished)

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  • Organisation and Leadership of Academic Seminars and Conferences 

    • Approaches to Inequalities. Conference University of Northampton Pending Sept 2017
    • Approaches to Inequalities. Conference University of Northampton June 2016
    • Discrimination Law Update. Seminar in collaboration with CHAWREC, Northampton Race and Equality Centre and the University of Northampton, Aston University, United Kingdom April 2016
    • 50 Years of the Race Relations Act, Guildhall Northampton (Chair) Nov 2015
    • Approaches to Inequalities: Perspectives from Higher Education Conference University of Northampton Sept 2015

    Presentations/Conference Papers

    • ‘Consent on Campus – Challenging Gender Based Violence’ Building Bridges Conference, Chania, Crete July 2017
    • ‘Safe Spaces: Safeguarding Students from Violence and Hate’ Keynote address, London School of Business and Management Learning and Teaching Conference July 2017
    • ‘Barriers to BME Women in Higher Education’ Presentation at Lincoln University May 2017
    • ‘Formal and Substantive Equality in Higher Education’ University of Northampton Faculty of Business and Law Research Seminar Series January 2017
    • ‘Equality Processes in Higher Education: A Case Study’ Society for Research in Higher Education, Newport December 2016
    • ‘The Impact of Empowerment in Teaching & Learning and Innovative Assessment’ Learning and Teaching Conference University of Northampton May 2016
    • Stream Chair for the Education and Inclusion stream Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference Tel Aviv University July 2015
    • ‘The Public Sector Equality Duty: Formal Equality, Institutional Processes and Legal Compliance in Higher Education’ Equality Act – Five Years On, University of Chester June 2015
    • ‘Criminal Conflicts – A Legal Learning Case Study’ Learning and Teaching Conference University of Northampton May 2015
    • ‘Formal Equality in Higher Education’ Approaches to Inequalities Conference University of Northampton September 2014
    • ‘The Impact of the Formal Equality Stance on Institutional Processes and Legal Compliance in Higher Education’ Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference Munich June 2014
    • ‘The Perceptions and Politics of Equality and Diversity in Higher Education’ Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference Toulouse July 2012

    Media Appearances and Blog Posts

    • Consent on Campus – Building Bridges Conference Chania, Crete – Law at the University of Northampton Blog, July 2017
    • Scholarship-Activism and Respectability Politics – Reflections on a conference keynote – Law at the University of Northampton Blog, July 2017
    • New Spaces: Safeguarding Students from Violence and Hate – Law at the University of Northampton Blog, March 2017
    • LGBTQ+ staff and students in Business Schools – Law at the University of Northampton Blog, February 2017
    • Let’s make ending violence against women and girls a priority, Law at the University of Northampton Blog, November 2016
    • I *Heart* Consent Week Interview – BBC Radio Northampton, November 2016
    • Why we don’t need a race audit – Law at the University of Northampton Blog, September 2016
    • Independent Letters ‘An effective, joined-up alternative to the Prime Minister’s flawed policy on race’ September 2016
      http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/letters/gay-bishops-must-be-embraced-if-churches-want-to-stay-relevant-a7225136.html 
    • Why we need a radically different approach to discussing immigration – Law at the University of Northampton Blog, August 2016
    • Final Report: The impact of empowerment in teaching, learning and innovative assessment – Law at the University of Northampton Blog, July 2016
    • Shadow Minister and head of equality in football equality body to appear at inequalities conference – Law at the University of Northampton Blog, June 2016
    • The impact of empowerment in teaching and learning and innovative assessment – Law at the University of Northampton Blog, June 2016
    • Workplace equality – Law at the University of Northampton Blog, February 2016
    • I’m not racist but… 50 years after the Race Relations Act 1965 – Law at the University of Northampton Blog, November 2015
    • Race Relations Act Interview – BBC Radio Northampton, December 2015
    • Disability Discrimination Act Interview – BBC Radio Northampton, November 2015
    • No dogs, no Blacks, no Irish – Law at the University of Northampton Blog, 
    • Yarls Wood: Set her free – Law at the University of Northampton Blog, August 2015
    • Yarls Wood Detention Centre Interview – BBC Radio Northampton, August 2015
    • Reflections on Conference: The Equality Act 2010 – 5 years on – Law at the University of Northampton Blog, July 2015
    • Project update: Role play project – Law at the University of Northampton Blog, June 2015
    • Appointment to Northants FA Inclusion Advisory Group – Law at the University of Northampton Blog, April 2015
    • University of Northampton film to hit the silver screen – Law at the University of Northampton Blog, March 2015
    • Lights, camera, action – Law at the University of Northampton Blog, December 2014
    • Marketisation, (New) Management, and Equality in Higher Education – Law at the University of Northampton Blog, August 2014

    Organisation and Leadership of Academic Seminars and Conferences 

    • Approaches to Inequalities. Conference University of Northampton Pending Sept 2017
    • Approaches to Inequalities. Conference University of Northampton
      June 2016
    • Discrimination Law Update. Seminar in collaboration with CHAWREC, Northampton Race and Equality Centre and the University of Northampton, Aston University, United Kingdom April 2016
    • 50 Years of the Race Relations Act, Guildhall Northampton (Chair) Nov 2015
    • Approaches to Inequalities: Perspectives from Higher Education Conference University of Northampton Sept 2015